I truly enjoyed reading the entire American Heiresses series by Jen Turano. Each book has been equally enchanting, humorous at times, and a delightful read.
Book 1 of the series, Flights of Fancy, is a wonderful beginning for
a great series. It introduces us to Miss Isadora Delafield, who finds
herself being pushed into an undesirable relationship with a duke from
Europe simply because her mother desires a "titled" son-in-law. Being
a member of New York's Four Hundred isn't enough for Hester Delafield. She
wants her daughter to be a duchess! Never mind the duke is twice her
daughter's age and is a widower multiple times.
When we think of wealthy heiresses, we assume their lives are easy, perhaps
even enviable. However, when you really sit back and think about how
difficult it would be to know if someone was interested in you or in your
money, it doesn't seem quite as enchanting. Place the heiress in
historical times when a husband controlled everything, including the
heiresses inheritance, then the whole idea becomes downright dismal.
Flights of Fancy (American Heiresses series) Synopsis
Hester Delafield may be thrilled that the Duke of Montrose has taken a special interest in her daughter, but Isadora is not. Something about the duke makes her skin crawl and Izzie is rather disgusted by the lecherous fiend. Plus, he makes no secret of the fact that he is seeking a 4th wife who will hopefully succeed where the others have failed. In his words, he is "in desperate need of an heir and a spare". Not exactly a courting phrase that makes a young girl swoon, especially when delivered by a creepy old man.
Flights of Fancy
(American Heiresses Book #1)When Izzie's butler reveals his own concern for her safety based on what he has learned from the duke's previous staff, he helps her run away. He even writes her a letter of recommendation so she can get a job in a household and hide out in domestic service. After all, who would search for a heiress among the staff of a household in another city.
All the fun and laughter for the reader begins when Izzie arrives at a farm in rural Pennsylvania, answering a newspaper ad for a housekeeper. There is no way anyone would look for her in a home with two elderly people, 3 children, several cows, goats, chickens and ranch hands. It is the perfect hideaway! However, she is totally clueless on how to cook, clean, or care for any of them, which makes her less than perfect for them. Or does it?
If you are seeking an easy read that will leave you cheering at the end,
then I highly recommend "Flights of Fancy".
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